Psalm 18

                                            For the director of music. Of David the servant of 

                                              the Lord. he sang to the Lord the words of this 

                                             song when the Lord delivered him from the hand

                                                of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

                                                                          He said:

1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my 


my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

He is my shield and the horn of my

salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death entangled me;

the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cord of the grave coiled around me;

the snares of death confronted me.

6 in my distress I call to the Lord;

I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,

and the foundation of the mountains shook;

they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;

consuming fire came from his mouth,

burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;

dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;

he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy

around him—–

the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds 


with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven;

the voice of the Most High resounded.

14 he shot his arrows and scattered the enemies,

great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed

and the foundations of the earth laid bare

at your rebuke, O Lord,

at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold

of me;

he drew me out of deep waters.

17 he rescued me from my powerful enemy,

from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my 


according to the cleanness of my hands he 

has rewarded me.

21 For he have kept the ways of the Lord;

I have not done evil by turning from my


22 All his laws are before me;

I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him

and have kept myself from sin.

24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my 


according to the cleanness of my hands in 

his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,

to the blameless you show yourself 


26 to the pure you show yourself  pure,

but to the crooked you show yourself 


27 You save the humble 

but bring low those whose eyes 


28 You, O Lord, keep me lamp burning;

my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop

with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord is flawless.

He is a shield 

for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the Lord?

And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength

and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;

he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory,

and your right hand sustains me;

you stoop down to make me great.

36 You broaden the path beneath me,

so that my ankles do not turn.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;

they fell beneath my feet.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;

you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in


and destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to

save them—-

to the Lord, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;

I  poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered e from the attacks of the 


you have made me the head of nations;

people I did not know are subject to me.

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;

foreigners cringe before me.

45 They all lose heart;

they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!

Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,

who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.

You exalted me above my foes;

from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations,

O Lord;

I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;

he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,

to David and his descendants forever.



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